Central Montana Public Health Program

Fergus County


The purpose of the Central Montana Health District (CMHD) is to improve and protect the health of the population of Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum and Wheatland counties by providing local government leadership and advocacy on behalf of public health issues. Central Montana Public Health Program is improving the health communities through education, health promotion and disease & injury prevention. Programs consists of Central Montana Health District (CMHD) and Fergus County Nurse’s Office (FCNO).


Fergus County Nurse’s Office (FCNO) Key Services:

  • Ensures Immunizations For Infant & Children, Pre-Teens, Adults
  • School based Immunization for Hep B, TdaP, and MMR
  • Information about Vaccines & Autism, Daycare safety Education & Resource
  • Immunization Record check in all daycares
  • Assist CMHD if needed with Communicable Disease
  • Food borne & Water borne and Dog Bite Investigations
  • Communicable Disease Prevention Education & Resource for staff and County residents Head Lice education resource
  • Coordinates the Fetal Infant Child Mortality Review Team for Fergus County
  • Jail Nursing
  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Local/State Level
  • Human Services Coalition
  • Board of Health Involvement
  • Throat Cultures-Strep
  • Urine alcohol and drug screening for DFS/Individuals/Court Systems
  • Fergus County Loan Closet
  • Blood Pressures on walk-in basis
  • School Health Education Resource
  • School Personnel health information
  • Travel: Immunization Resource & Education
  • Community Health Fairs
  • Local Registrar
The Montana Office of Rural Health has discovered through interviews with local Montanans that Public Health Departments are often under utilized. 
” Access to healthcare is a huge issue. The community needs knowledge of what is available. Even with the health department here in the community, people don’t know what they provide. Public Health is an underutilized resource. ” Quote from local Montanan 

Learn more about Public Health Departments near you!

Learn more about Fergus County:

Phone: 406-535-3983
Visit the Central Montana Health District page

Youth Mental Health First Aid-Big Sky, MT


In the most recent survey, approximately 37,000 adult Montanans (4.9% of all adults) per year had a serious mental illness. That percentage is similar to the national percentage. Montana’s percentage of mental health treatment of adults with any mental health illness was higher than the national percentage. Approximately 75,00 adult Montanans received mental health treatment or counseling.


Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Youth Dynamics in Big Sky, Montana will be hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid session on August 11, 2016. For more information, visit the webpage!

For resources on starting a Mental Health First Program in your community click here

Ashland Community Health Center Health Fair

healthfair.logo_This year, ACHC will be drawing blood for the Health Fair Labs from May 4th through May 15th.

The Wellness Screen inlcudes TSH, Comprehensive Panel, Blood Count and Lipid Panel – $30.00

Also available:

  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) – $15.00
  • Hemoglobin A1C – $15.00
  • Vitamin D – $45.00

Please call Daisy for appointment to avoid long waits! (406) 784-2346



ashland CH


In September, Congress will take a vote that could cut the funding for Community Health Centers by 70%. This is drastic cut, as you can see, and would have a dreadful impact on all of our neighborhood CHC’s. Ashland Community Health Center relies heavily on federal funding which allows us to make sure that everyone has healthcare in our community. No one is turned away because they can’t afford primary health care.

Here are some statistics concerning our health center: 65% of our patients have incomes below 200% of poverty level; 51% are below 100% of poverty level; 34% are uninsured; 15% are on Medicaid; and 7% are covered by Medicare. CHC’s provide an average savings in patient care of 24% to the health care system each year.

We need your help right now to advocate for your health center and all health centers across the state and nation. Please call your senators and congressman at 1-866-456-3949 and follow a few easy instructions to be in put with contact with their offices. Tell the person you reach that our community needs our health center and ask Senators Tester and Daines and Congressman Zinke not to cut health center funding. Please do not put this off. The time for a vote will be here soon! Have a say in supporting health centers!!

Barrett Hospital & Health Care Community Health Fair


Barrett Hospital & HealthCare Community Health Fair

“Healthy Rural Living”

This summer Barrett Hospital & HealthCare hosted their first health fair, “Healthy Rural Living”, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. A total of 49 vendors from around Montana, Utah and Idaho participated in the health fair.  A variety of organizations came to share health related information with the community including representatives from assisted living and nursing homes, BHH departments, and numerous others.

Approximately 135 community members attended the event. Participants enjoyed a variety of freebies including promotional items, educational materials and fun, family friendly activities throughout the event. Products were not sold at the event. Overall, the health fair was a huge success and Barrett Hospital & HealthCare plans to make the “Healthy Rural Living Fair” an annual event.

The distracted driving demonstration was one of the more popular attractions of the day, when participants were asked to send a text message while attempting to safely navigate a golf cart through a slow, controlled course. Volunteers tossed stuffed animals into the path of the cart to see how well the drivers could maneuver around the animals while texting. Inevitably, no one was able to miss all the animals and stay within the course while texting. This was a very worthwhile exercise about the dangers of distracted driving and particularly, texting while driving.



This distracted driving was just one of many on June 23rd who failed to successfully navigate the course while texting.



One of the health fair’s volunteers felt so bad for the stuffed animals that she attempted CPR!


This driving team laughs as other distracted drivers hit cones and stuffed animals.


Vendors who participated in this year’s health fair were:

  • BHH Departments: Housekeeping, Distracted Driving, Cardiopulmonary, Patient Financial Services, Human Resources, Diabetes Prevention Program, Nutritional Services, Surgical Services, and Sportsmetrics
  • Youth Dynamics
  • Sound Advice Hearing
  • University of Utah Burn Center
  • Operation Lifesaver & Railroad Safety
  • Mountain Pacific Quality Health
  • The Legacy Assisted Living
  • New West Medicare
  • Kiwanis
  • State of the Heart Therapy
  • UMW Student Wellness
  • TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly)
  • St. Patrick’s Life Flight
  • Western Montana Mental Health
  • QPR/Mental Health
  • Community Support Center
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Spark Into Motion
  • Beaverhead Therapy & Massage
  • Beaverhead Recycling
  • Relay for Life
  • Norwex
  • Dillon Rotary Club
  • Montana Independent Living
  • Big Sky Senior Living
  • Beaverhead County Public Health
  • Community Health Center
  • American Red Cross
  • Family Outreach
  • Costco
  • Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce
  • Comprehensive Hearing – Helena
  • Parkview Acres
  • Rocky Mountain Development Council
  • the BioMat Company
  • BHH Diagnostic Imaging, Mind/Body Health
  • Beaverhead County Search & Rescue
  • YMCA
  • Care Flight Air Idaho Reserve

For more information about the health fair or Barrett Hospital & HealthCare please visit: http://www.barretthospital.org/